I simply love visiting the famers market. Growing up, we never got the chance to go to the farmers market. We lived nowhere near a farm, and farmers markets simply were not prevalent like they are nowadays. Instead, we bought all our groceries from a chain supermarket where the produce was often wilted, lacklustre in color and slim in variety. Living in the California Bay Area has truly grown my appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables and the whole “eating local” movement. Taking a slow, leisurely trip through one of our local farmers markets is very much a treat — tasting samples, chatting with farmers and purveyors, and seeing what new variety of produce abounds each month. I distinctly remember trying some of the sweetest, most delicious white raspberries ever at a farmers market, and for some reason, simply walking up and down the rows of stalls overflowing with colorful and fresh fruits and vegetables makes me feel healthier! Plus, some markets even sell seafood, homemade jams and honey, baked goods, jewelry, ceramics, and of course, my favourite — flowers!
Anyone have a farmers market they love going to? What do you like getting there? Anything unique popping up lately at your local market? I’d love to hear about it!